The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) honored leaders of the U.S. global voluntary standards and conformity assessment community last night at ANSI's 2022 Leadership and Service Awards Banquet and Ceremony. The leadership and service awards program is a long-standing tradition that recognizes and honors creativity, dedication, and vision in the field of standards and conformity assessment.
The ceremony was held at The Fairmont Hotel in Washington, D.C., and was one of the many ANSI-hosted events comprising the fall 2022 celebration of World Standards Week.
“Tonight we shine a spotlight on 21 remarkable leaders who have gone above and beyond to serve the standards, conformity assessment, and workforce communities,” said Phil Piqueira, chair of the ANSI Board of Directors, during his presentation of the awards. “We honor and thank them for their exceptional dedication, commitment, and contributions to enhancing our greater society through standardization.”
ANSI awarded the following 21 distinguished individuals at the ceremony:
ASTIN-POLK INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS MEDAL
Gordon Gillerman, director, standards coordination office, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), received the Astin-Polk International Standards Medal, which honors distinguished service in promoting trade and understanding among nations through the advancement, development, or administration of international standardization, measurements, or certification.
Jennifer Stradtman, director, technical barriers to trade at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), received the Chairman's Award, which honors outstanding accomplishments performed by any group or individual on behalf of ANSI or the ANSI Federation.
EDWARD LOHSE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY MEDAL
Paul Green, manager, corporate product regulations and standards, Intel Corporation, was honored with the Edward Lohse Information Technology Medal, which recognizes outstanding efforts to foster cooperation among bodies involved in global IT standardization.
ELIHU THOMSON ELECTROTECHNOLOGY MEDAL
Kevin Lippert, senior advisor – international standards, UL Standards & Engagement, received the Elihu Thomson Electrotechnology Medal, which honors an individual who has contributed in an exceptional, dedicated way to the field of electrotechnology standardization, conformity assessment, and related activities at the national and international levels.
FINEGAN STANDARDS MEDAL
Angela McCaskill, RN, MSc. Global Health, ISO/TC 304 WG5 project lead, Healthcare Quality Management Systems Standard, received the Finegan Standards Medal, which honors individuals who have shown extraordinary leadership in the actual development and application of voluntary standards.
GEORGE S. WHAM LEADERSHIP MEDAL
Elisabeth George, medical device global regulations and standards consultant and strategist, received the George S. Wham Leadership Medal, which honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the voluntary standardization community and provided long-term direction and visionary qualities in support of the ANSI Federation.
HOWARD COONLEY MEDAL
R. David Pittle, Ph.D., former commissioner of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and former technical director and senior vice-president, Consumer Reports, received the Howard Coonley Medal, which recognizes an executive who has benefitted the national economy through voluntary standardization and conformity assessment and has given outstanding support to standardization as a management tool.
MAUREEN BREITENBERG CONFORMITY ASSESSMENT RESEARCH MEDAL
Stephanie Tanner, lead environmental engineer, WaterSense Program, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), received the Maureen Breitenberg Conformity Assessment Research Medal, which honors work that advances the principles of the National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act (NTTAA) through outstanding contributions toward reducing redundancy and complexity in conformity assessment.
STEPHEN CRAWFORD WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT AND INNOVATION MEDAL
William Schimmel, executive director and CEO, Pharmacy Technician Certification Board, was awarded the Stephen Crawford Workforce Development and Innovation Medal, which recognizes accredited credentialing bodies that significantly impact workforce development in the United States. The award is named for Stephen Crawford, a staunch advocate of workforce development and valued leader and contributor to ANSI, Workcred, and the greater workforce and credentialing communities, who passed away in 2022.
NEXT GENERATION AWARD
Several individuals received the Next Generation Award, presented to professionals who have been engaged in standardization or conformity assessment activities for less than eight years and who have, during this time, demonstrated vision, leadership, dedication, and significant contributions to their chosen field of activity.
Grace Roh, international standards specialist, UL Standards & Engagement
Chelsea Rubadou, engineer, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
Christopher Schmid, standards engineer, UL Standards & Engagement
Travis Michael Thul, senior fellow and director of operations, Technological Leadership Institute at the University of Minnesota
MERITORIOUS SERVICE AWARD
The following individuals received the Meritorious Service Award in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the U.S. voluntary standardization system. Each has demonstrated outstanding service in enabling ANSI to attain the objectives for which it was founded.
Byron Horak, director of engineering, HVAC performance, Intertek
David S. Kaplan, Ph.D., biologist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (retired)
Anish Karmarkar, Ph.D., senior director, standards strategy and architecture, Oracle
Stephen Kwan, Ph.D., professor emeritus, San Jose State University
James Lewis, president, J. Lewis Consulting Group, LLC
Vladimir Murashov, Ph.D., senior scientist, Office of the Director, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
Amy Phelps, computer scientist, NIST
Karen Willis, industry director, lighting systems, National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)
ANSI congratulates all of the outstanding individuals on their contributions to and accomplishments in the standards and conformity assessment industry.